Central Arizona DX Association
May BBQ Meeting
We are the largest ham radio DX club in Arizona with over 140 members, many of whom are on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll. We have several members who have traveled to distant places to put "rare" countries on the air. We encourage any ham interested in DXing to join our club and learn about the many aspects of talking to hams around the globe who share this amazing hobby with us. Founded in 1974, we are an ARRL-affiliated club and a member club of the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA).
Our next meeting will be on Thursday night, May 4th, at the PERA Club ramada beginning at 6:00 pm. This is our Annual Barbecue Meeting and we start serving dinner at 6:00 pm. Advanced reservations are necessary to make sure we order enough food from our BBQ caterer, Town Talk II. Please make your reservation with the CADXA Treasurer, Alton Chaney, W7ACX. Reservations need to be paid in advance by check or money order or contact Alton if you want to use PayPal.
Who knew that May 4th would be “Star Wars Day”? How ironic!!! The program will be given by Ned Stearns, AA7A, on “My Ham Life Bouncing Signals Off the Moon”. Ned has been refining this program for the past year and it tracks his evolution as a ham radio operator back to where it started as a teenager in Cleveland, Ohio. Find out how he first got the bug to conquer this most challenging niche in our hobby and how it has led him now to construct one of the largest 2 meter moonbounce arrays in the ham world.
We had a wonderful turnout for our April meeting with over 40 members and guests in attendance for the program by Carl Foster, KB7AZ, on “Stealth Antennas”. Carl provided some wonderful examples of what antennas he has used successfully in an antenna restricted community, both in pictures and with some “props” for his talk. Who knew that a birdhouse could conceal a center insulator or antenna balun? I certainly learned a few things about how to use certain spray paint colors for better antenna camouflage.
I think one the best lessons from Carl’s program was the need to be creative and unafraid to try innovative antenna designs until you find the one that works best in your situation. Whether you plant wire in an attic or along a fence or the eaves of your house or in a flagpole, it will radiate RF if it is properly matched for impedance and low SWR. No two QTH’s are likely to be identical in terms of the proximity of metal in nearby structures that might interfere with RF transmission. But, where there is a will, there is a way, and ham ingenuity will always prevail.
From DX Heat
April Meeting Recap
It is nice when ham radio has a legislative win once in a while and that is what happened recently with Arizona ham license plate fees. While we would all prefer a less expensive fee for a ham "custom plate" than the current $25, at least we have a significant portion going back to the ham community thanks to a lot of hard work by Tom Boza, NE7X, Arizona Section State Legislative Liaison, and other leaders in our ham community. The bill they supported was signed into law by Governor Ducey and now $17 from each plate fee will go into a fund that the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA) can use for scholarships and other activities to support our hobby. I want to be sure that CADXA is represented on the ARCA committee that will be formed to administer those funds.
Ballots went out recently for the position of ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director to replace Marty Woll, N6VI. There are three candidates on the ballot including CADXA member and Past President Ned Stearns, AA7A. Please take the time to read the information provided by the candidates and send your ballot back to ARRL in the envelope provided. Every Arizona vote is important when the Southwestern Division includes so many California members.
I will be in Visalia, California for the 68th International DX Convention, April 21-23. CADXA has played a key role this year in supporting the IDXC planning. AA7A and I have been Co-Program Chairs responsible for planning 21 program sessions on that Friday and Saturday. We were also very involved in selecting the Saturday night banquet speaker and Sunday morning breakfast speaker. Larry, WO7R, has administered the banquet seating of close to 600 people. Two additional contributors on behalf of CADXA will be Jan and Debby, XYLs of AA7A and KY7M, along with assistance from Jim, K7MY. They will be charged with administering the four hourly raffles and distributing over 130 prizes on Saturday. In addition to some hard work, we are all expecting to have a good time at the convention.
Announced DX Operations
CADXA Repeater and Net
Join us on the K5VT repeater to announce and discuss DX. In addition, there is a Thursday night net at 7:00 pm except on CADXA meeting nights. The repeater and net are open to all DX enthusiasts.
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